TheatreLAB, Richmond’s home for unexpected and evocative performance, is thrilled to announce their 2016-2017 Season: Women at War. It is a season that celebrates stories of women at war with themselves and the world around them. A team of all women directors will lead the four MainStage shows, as well as TheatreLAB’s secondary season, The Cellar Series, which will be a year-long festival of one-woman shows.
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
by Bertolt Brecht
October 28 - November 12, 2016
Hailed as one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatic masterpieces, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children follows one woman’s survival during the wicked, tumultuous times of war. In this new translation, we find Mother Courage in America, right here today. The plot follows the resilient Mother Courage who survives by running a commissary business that profits from all sides of war. As the war claims all of her children in turn, the play poignantly demonstrates that no one can profit from the war without also being subject to its terrible cost.
Featuring Boomie Pedersen as Mother Courage
Directed by Keri Wormald
by Heidi Schreck
February 3 - February 18, 2017
as part of the Acts of Faith Festival
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma - an idealistic but confused college dropout - arrives to volunteer, her reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Heidi Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.
Featuring Dawn A. Westbrook as Shelley
Directed by Chelsea Burke
by Ruby Rae Spiegel
April 21 - May 6, 2017
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. DRY LAND is a play about abortion, female friendship, resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left. 21-year-old playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel writes a brazen, no-holds-barred play about that time in your life when no one else can possibly understand what you’re going through. DRY LAND, a New York Times critics’ pick, is a brave portrayal of the contemporary American teenager.
Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
HEATHERS: The Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by
Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe
a co-production with Firehouse Theatre
June 23 - July 16, 2017
“What’s Your Damage?” HEATHERS: The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. HEATHERS is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, HEATHERS: The Musical is a cult-classic musical waiting to happen. “Are you in, or are you out?”
Performances at Firehouse Theatre (1609 West Broad Street)
Direction by Debra Clinton, Musical Direction by Jason Marks, Choreography by Aza Raine
Season subscriptions for the MainStage Season (including the four shows above) range from $50-90 and are now available at TheatreLABrva.org. Season subscribers receive discounts to Cellar Series productions as well as other TheatreLAB special events. Unless otherwise noted, all productions will take place at TheatreLAB’s venue, The Basement. All press requests should be directed to TheatreLAB’s Managing Director, Annie Colpitts, at